Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Preview
Respawn (the developers behind Titanfall and Titanfall 2) recently unveiled Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order at the 2019 Star Wars Celebration. The game is running on Unreal Engine 4 and the trailer released today looks nothing short of phenomenal. You play the game as a guy named Cal Kestis. He is portrayed by Cameron Monaghan of Shameless and Gotham fame. The timeline of the game is even more exciting: it takes place after Episode III Revenge of the Sith, right after the Emperor has executed his now infamous Order 66, but before the events of Episode IV A New Hope. The Emperor’s order has all but annihilated the Jedi order. Yoda, Obi-Wan, and a few other survivors have slipped away to hide. This is also the same time period that appeared on part of the TV show, Star Wars: Rebels, for those keeping track.
The press release states, “Players will meet Cal on Bracca, a brand-new Star Wars planet and one of several new locations introduced in the game. Cal is hiding from the Empire in plain sight but is forced to go on the run when he exposes his Force powers. Along the way, Cal will make new friends, like his mysterious companion Cere, as well as run into some familiar faces, all while being accompanied by his faithful droid BD-1. Cal’s flight from the Empire is made even more dangerous as he is being pursued by the Second Sister, one of the Empire’s elite Inquisitors, who seeks to hunt Cal down and extinguish this surviving Jedi. Assisting the Second Sister are the terrifying Purge Troopers, special Imperial forces trained to seek out Jedi and aid the Inquisitors in their dastardly work.”
The press release continues, “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is designed with gameplay as a top priority in order to deliver the kind of intense Star Wars lightsaber battles that are seen in the films. Brought to life by Respawn, a studio known for high-quality games that are both visually beautiful and technically masterful, players will use their Jedi training to create different melee combinations with an innovative lightsaber combat system and Force abilities. Players will also use traversal and other platforming abilities to strategically overcome opponents and solve puzzles in their path across this galaxy-spanning adventure. Star Wars fans will recognize iconic locations, weapons, gear, and enemies, while also meeting a roster of fresh characters, locations, creatures, droids and adversaries new to Star Wars.”
Steve Blank, Director, Franchise Content & Strategy, Lucasfilm Story Group, adds, “When Respawn approached us with the idea for this game, we were immediately supportive. A single player, story-driven title in the Star Wars universe was exactly what we were looking for, and we know the fans have been eager for one, as well.”
While we haven’t seen any official gameplay footage yet, the developers are really excited about the game’s combat system. It will be a mixture of melee combos, lightsaber duels, and extraordinary Force powers. Respawn also states that there will be a mixture of both “iconic” and new worlds, equipment, and enemies.
Respawn is also very eager to dismiss all worries that relate to certain past Star Wars games. This is strictly going to be a single-player game. There won’t be any micro-transactions or loot boxes.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order releases on November 15, 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.